Grateful Dead Live at Cafe au Go-Go on 1969-09-29
early show; AUD> ?> Reel> Cass (Maxell UD w/dolby B, playback on Sony TCK-909ES) > DAT (SV-3700 w/Oade +15dB input gain mod) > ZA2 > DiamondCut Noise Reduction > CD; upload by R. Nayfield, stemming from tree run by J. Miller, seeded by D. Hollister; covers
Subject: cream/familiar fan response
Subject: The Seven
It's all good but Bobby is really working it, at least for the first half. Juicy.
Subject: The Seven
I'd love to hear Furthur take a crack at this one.
Subject: Why Not Just Enjoy It?
Subject: i was there
came in for some dead, and stayed
must have /agree
Subject: hallowed ground
But seriously, you newbies should remove your shoes. This is hallowed ground.
Live/Dead had been recorded seven months prior, and the band was already moving in new directions (Workingman's). But their psychedelic chops were as hot as ever, as evidenced by this night and the next.
Cafe au Go Go was a tiny (400 seat), famous (Lenny Bruce arrests for obscenity) club in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.
History was made this night. I can find a total of only two times they played "The Seven," and one of those wasn't even the complete band (Mickey and The Hartbeats).
Bottom line: you should record this and make copies for your friends and neighbors.
Give me a second while I climb onto my soapbox.
There should be only two tracks here, because the band stopped only once: between Good Lovin' and St. Stephen. Listen to the amazing segue from The Seven into Good Lovin'. Listen to it the way they played it. You can't - not unless you have a 40-plus-year-old copy on cassette or reel-to-reel.
Anybody know of a better Doin' That Rag?
Subject: historical night
It's 1974, I'm 17 years old and I've quietly entered the house. It's the wee hours of the morning, and the rest of the family are asleep. It will be several hours till I can sleep, of course, because there are still several hundred micograms of acid swirling in my brain. So I slip on the headphones, snap in a cassette and press play...lay down in the dark...and am transported back in time. Five whole years! There's no time to whine about the poor sound quality, I'm too busy marveling at the miracle of time travel!
I saw a neighbor I haven't seen in ten years the other day. "What happened to the motorcycle?" he asked. "And your hair! You used to have more hair!"
"You lose one," I told him, "and then you lose the other."
We are all time travelers.
Subject: The Seven-Eleven??
The Good Lovin' is only so-so but the rest is dynamite especially 7 which is out of this world. Off it goes to the way-under-played-Dead-song graveyard along with Clementine and Believe it or Not.
Subject: THE SEVEN GETS A FIVE
Subject: Why not now
Cream for instance just had their reunion thing in London. Of which, I thought was only lacking the old amps and enthuisiasm.
It would've been nice before dying someday that I could say I heard history rather than watching 5 or however many people with same vices looking withdrawl like playing tired new age sounding shit. That for all things considered is depressing.
The Seven is my latest favorite along with Mr.Charlie from 8-6-71. I recommend listening to both.
Subject: Why not EQ in the digital realm ?
I remember being too poor to avoid a tape any better than Maxell UD, but it's sad that that happens to be the best version of this show. It's hard to underestimate the lack of musical response of a UD cassette - designed for voice dictation only.
Given that, and the overwhelming brightness that is no doubt the result of the Dolby B encoding, it is really necessary to EQ this, with a large take down of the area roughly at 3khz. A corresponding peak around 300-400 hz gives some warmth that is otherwise lacking.
The only saving grace of the recording itself is the surprisingly good mix, especially for an audience recording. It's baffling as to what happened to the vocals - it might have just been a fault of the cafe sound guy at the gig.
The good mix means that the recording can be used as snapshot of what happened that night. However, like most poor audience recordings, it is hard to enjoy listening - it's just an academic exercise.
Now, as far as the performance itself goes, yes the Seven is pretty good, especially in the last few minutes where everyone gets on the same page. However, it is ultimately "one-dimensional" in the sense that it's all based on the breathtaking speed of it all.. and that's it.
If a version pops up later without the Maxell UD generation, it might be worth revisiting, but otherwise I'd have to rate this "academic interest only" - especially in light of the hundreds of other shows here at the Archive.
Subject: All Hail the Seven!
As for the sound quality, why complain? The AUD is quite acceptable, IMO. It sounded great on an old tape I had years ago and sounds even better now. Would you rather not have this piece of history on record? Download immediately.
Subject: Most unfortunate but thankful anyway
You'll find great versions of St Stephen>Eleven etc. dozens of other times. But this is the only version "The Seven" and it is perfect! Why this jam was never a staple of 1968-69 is amazing.
Subject: Sounds Terrible
Subject: doin' that rag
Subject: The 7
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